What is Scientology®? Exhibit Tour creates strong interest in Australia and New Zealand
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What is Scientology®? Exhibit tour creates strong interest in Australia and New Zealand

Thousands toured the “What Is Scientology®?” Exhibit in Australia and New Zealand regions over a four-month period

“This answers clearly all questions I had on Scientology®.”

Thousands toured the “What Is Scientology®?” Exhibit in Australia and New Zealand regions over a four-month period
I am really impressed by all that Scientologists are doing, especially by their anti-drug actions, of which I never heard in the media.”

It is good to meet people who have values, and are so enthusiastic about them.”

These comments were echoed in thousands more like them by visitors to a unique exhibition recently in Australia and New Zealand.

The “What Is Scientology®?” Exhibition, after touring 54 cities throughout Europe, Israel and India with over 100,000 attendees, concluded its tour of the down under — including Australian cities and Auckland, New Zealand, before moving on to Japan and three cities in Taiwan.

The exhibition toured the Australia, Pacific and Asian regions over a four-month period and was visited by more than 20,000 people including government officials, media, religious leaders, professors of religion and sociology, interested professionals, relatives and friends of Scientologists, and the general public.

Those who daily streamed through the exhibition doors were often surprised by what they learned, finding a new, and sometimes completely changed, understanding of the Church and its members.

The exhibition is a walk-through tour covering the basic beliefs, membership and community work of the Scientology® religion in 59 photographic and text display panels. Visitors are guided through with the opportunity to get all their questions answered. Many for the first time learn of the basic Scientology spiritual philosophy behind the religion, such as: “Man is an immortal spiritual being. His experience extends well beyond a single lifetime. His capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realized.”

In addition to the theology of the Scientology® religion, visitors obtain a good sense of the history of the movement and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

Visitors are nearly always most interested in the Hubbard Electropsychometer®, or “E-Meter” demonstration.

The E-meter device is a ministerial aid used by Scientology® religious counsellors to help a parishioner locate areas of spiritual upset or trauma in their life, which are then taken up in specialised religious counselling, called auditing (from the Latin word audire meaning “to listen”). The E-meter itself does nothing to a person, but is used solely as a guide for the counsellor, known as an auditor (one who listens), as it reacts to various thoughts. Those who have seen or experienced a demonstration of the meter understand its effectiveness in helping to locate areas of troubled thought.
Crowds regularly formed at the demonstration of the E-Meter, in which individuals could actually “see” their thoughts. The response was always, “this works!”

Visitors could also routinely be found forming small crowds before the continual showing of the video, An Introduction to Scientology®. The video
features an interview of Mr. Hubbard when he lived in East Grinstead, England, near London, in the 1960s.
Social Reform and Betterment
Exhibition displays on the application of Mr. Hubbard’s breakthrough technologies for resolving illiteracy, drug abuse and crime attracted some of the strongest interest of visitors, especially officials and community leaders. The secular social betterment programs that use Mr. Hubbard’s discoveries in these fields are supported by Scientologists throughout the world.

At the education display, visitors could also experience a live demonstration of one of Mr. Hubbard’s fundamental discoveries that has aided millions around the world to better study and learn.

Equally of interest was the display on Narconon®, the highly effective drug rehabilitation program which uses Mr. Hubbard’s methods exclusively. The program has achieved international acclaim for its more than 70% success rate in freeing addicts from the chains of drugs and alcohol, without substituting other drugs. Today Narconon® has 106 centers in 31 countries. The program is government funded in several countries. Narconon’s largest drug rehabilitation and international training center in the state of Oklahoma in the United States is the largest residential drug rehabilitation facility in the world.

Visitors also learned of The Way to Happiness®, a non-religious, common sense moral code. Its 21 precepts of time-honored values have found common agreement among many cultures and creeds. More than 70 million copies of the code have been published in 57 countries in 22 languages since it was published 19 years ago.

These and other programs comprise the broad, social betterment mission of Scientologists to reverse destructive trends and create a better society for all.

Within sight of the charitable actions of the Scientologists a number of visitors commented, “You have extremely interesting programs.” One young man stated, “One should bring all the drugged people of the world to you.” And as one mother wrote in a single sentence in the guest book of the exhibition, “You saved my son from drugs.”

The Church’s volunteer social reform programs were also highlighted, including a display of the Church’s history of defending basic human rights in the field of mental health, with the exposing of deep sleep treatment at Chelmsford hospital and Ward 10B hospitals. Scientologists’ investigations of psychiatric fraud and crime have revealed criminal brutality and illegalities that have been brought before the authorities for justice.
“A workable religious philosophy”
“It is a fact that a misunderstanding of another’s beliefs and lifestyle can create major upsets, even war,” said Nick Broadhurst, spokesman for the Church. “We feel it’s vital to let people know what Scientology is really all about, so they can decide for themselves the truth about it.

In a society where material influence reigns, people want relevant answers to life that provide much more than just belief, but a route for daily living.

There are reasons why people take drugs and answers for what causes problems in life. Popping pills is a materialistic answer to a materialistic problem,” he said.
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